Business partners David Hart and Jane Royden are cost management consultants for Auditel, the UK’s pioneer of Strategic Cost Management, founded in 1994. David and Jane are also co-directors of a ‘project and change consultancy’ business and have been helping organisations to deliver operational and strategic transformation effectively and economically for over ten years.
Prior to starting their own project and change business, David held a range of senior operational and programme management positions, mainly in large local authorities and housing associations. He established and led change programmes of up to £30 million in value. Jane originally worked in data and IT and then had a successful career developing Birmingham City Council’s Housing IT Department. Both have worked with a number of large public and private sector bodies.
Auditel began to lay the foundations of Strategic Cost Management in 2012. Extensive independent research was undertaken and together with leading business publication Management Today a survey was conducted. The results underlined the fact that there is a genuine lack of understanding in organisations between simple cost cutting exercises and strategic cost management.
The survey showed that cost reduction is just part of the process. You need a strategy in place to make sure that those costs are monitored on a regular basis. You need the right people, tools, knowledge and processes. To achieve this, Auditel has made a mission of ensuring that every facet of its cost management service to organisations is as effective as possible, in every industry sector and across all areas of business expenditure. These are combined within Auditel’s Total Cost of Purchase® programme.
David says: “Our wide management consultancy experience has given us a good understanding of how different organisations and businesses work, the challenges they face and the key cost and efficiency drivers. We have undertaken large procurement projects for clients, and our extensive project and change management expertise enables us to deliver effective strategic cost management solutions.
“Our skills can save you time and money, reduce waste and provide ongoing, up-to-the-minute advice. This gives you and your team the peace of mind to concentrate on your essential business.”
As Jane adds: “With Auditel, we now have additional tools and a talent pool of over 200 colleagues available to manage your non-core costs more effectively. We can offer solutions that may not even have been considered, delivering huge benefits for all parties.”